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Posted at 04:13 PM ET, 08/24/2012

Ian Desmond stratched from Nationals lineup vs. Phillies

Ian Desmond was scratched from Friday’s lineup nearly 40 minutes before first pitch. The team announced that it was done a precaution for his right knee. Manager Davey Johnson said before Friday’s game that Desmond was fine and the injury wasn’t serious at all. Desmond tweaked his knee, possibly hyperextending it, when he tried to beat out a double play at first base in the eighth inning of Wednesday’s game.

Desmond will still be available to pinch-hit in Friday’s game, the team announced. More to come following the game.

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1. Steve Lombardozzi, 2B

2. Bryce Harper, CF

3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

4. Michael Morse, LF

5. Adam LaRoche, 1B

6. Jayson Werth, RF

7. Danny Espinosa, SS

8. Kurt Suzuki, C

9. Edwin Jackson, SP


1. Jimmy Rollins, SS

2. Kyle Frandsen, 3B

3. Chase Utley, 2B

4. Ryan Howard, 1B

5. Domonic Brown, RF

6. John Mayberry, CF

7. Laynce Nix, LF

8. Erik Kratz, C

9. Kyle Kendrick, SP

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